By Bilal Kuchay
This 14-year-old Indian girl has defied all the odds despite having only three fingers on each hand and no forearms.
Diya Shrimali from Udaipur in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan has arms, only seven inches long, nearly half the size of her younger brother.
She was born as second child to parents Pushkar Shrimali, 43, and Kalpana Shrimali, 40, with webbed hands and had no forearms.
The teenager has no elbow and her hands are directly attached to her upper arms.
Diya’s parents took her to a hospital in Mumbai at the age of just one and got her webbed hands, a condition known as Syndactyly, treated through a surgery.
Two fingers and a thumb were carved out of each hand.
However, her arms couldn’t be treated as doctors told them there there was no treatment available for such a condition.
Her father, Pushkar Shrimali, said: “We were shocked when Diya was born. All the tests including sonography during Kalpana’s pregnancy had shown the baby was quite normal.
“A week after Diya’s birth, I went to the doctor who had carried out the sonography test with my daughter and the sonography report. He apologised and pleaded not to file any complaint against him and even offered me some money which I refused to take.”
Mr Pushkar says his other two children, Manali Shrimali, 17, and son Hemang Shrimali, 7, are quite normal.
Diya, who studies in class 9th in a government-run school, is loved by everyone in her school and neighbourhood for her talented drawing and dancing skills.
She wants to be a dancer and had already participated in several school and state level dance competitions.
But the teenager wants to make it big while participating in the country’s famous talent show, Dance India Dance.
She says: “Drawing and painting are my hobbies but dance is my passion. I want to be a famous dancer. It is my dream to participate in Dance India Dance.”
Her father, who is a priest in a local temple, wants to send her daughter to a top private school where she could get all the facilities to fulfil her dreams, but lacks financial resources.
“Diya is very talented. She loves to draw and paint. She is an amazing dancer.
“But there are no facilities for such children in government-run schools in our state.
“I wish I had the money to send her to any top private school where she could get all the facilities and fulfil her dreams,” Mr Pushkar added.